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Bronx Veterinarian Accused of Dumping Animals Near Hutch

Andrew Manesis, 66, faces four misdemeanor charges after Westchester County Police say he illegally disposed of animal remains along the Hutchinson River Parkway in Harrison.

Westchester County Police have arrested a Bronx veterinarian in connection with the along the side of the Hutchinson River Parkway in Harrison.

Andrew Manesis, 66, who lives on Oak Street in New Canaan, CT, was arrested Friday and charged with scheme to defraud in the second-degree, violation of environmental conservation law and two counts of petit larceny—all misdemeanors.

Transportation maintenance officials discovered 35 dead animals at the northbound entrance to the Hutchinson River Parkway from Westchester Avenue on April 5. They found 26 cats, eight dogs and a lizard in black garbage bags in dense woods near the highway.

Police believe Manesis, who works at the Throgs Neck Animal Hospital at 3800 East Tremont Avenue in the Bronx, was asked to properly dispose of the animals after they had died of natural causes, but instead drove to the location and dumped the animals on the side of the road.

“Dr. Manesis was entrusted by his clients to dispose of their pets’ remains in a proper and dignified manner,” Public Safety Commissioner George N. Longworth said. “Instead, it appears he simply pulled off to the side of a local highway and tossed the animal carcasses into the woods.”

Police used evidence from the scene to find the owners of two of the pets. Those pets provided a link to the Throggs Neck Animal Hospital and ultimately to Manesis, police say.

The arrest is the result of a joint investigation by the General Investigations Unit of the Westchester County Police and the Humane Law Enforcement Division of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Westchester.

County Police detectives are currently working to identify the remaining 33 animals found on the side of the parkway and find their owners. Anyone with information can contact detectives at 1-877-220-3560. The county police also accept tips by text and email at TIPS@WCCOPS.COM.

Manesis is due in Harrison Court on June 5.

Ross Revira May 31, 2012 at 09:05 PM
How do you explain offering to break someone's neck for illegally dumping dead animals. You said it but fail to take responsibility for your words. You state that the Vet should be treated in the same manner he treated the animals but he did not kill the animals but you advocate killing him? Please explain?
Heron May 31, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I was asking HeronStupidity not you.
jotengs June 01, 2012 at 02:40 AM
If he did it...he is simply charged, not convicted...do you have any idea how easy it is to arrest someone with little or no proof? An allegation is all it takes. Look at how many people are being released from jail after spending 20+ years in jail as a result of DNA. All I am saying is that these posts assume guilt and the hysteria and media hype will never allow for a fair trial.
Edwin June 06, 2012 at 03:06 AM
I have been taking my two dogs Wynnie and Frodo to Dr. Manesis for about 4 years + and have never had a problem with the care he has provided for my dogs ( family members). I hope that this gets cleared up and that if these allegations are true that justice is served if not that his name is cleared. Innocent until proven guilty....... That's what I have been taught, people like to jump to conclusions without waiting for all the facts.
Chris June 06, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Edwin, you are the minority in this case. There have been a lot of people very unhappy with the care their pets have received from Dr. Manesis and his staff. If I were you, I would seek out another veterinarian because his name is not good and he will probably be moving out of the Bronx after this and I will be surprised if he is still allowed to practice in NY.

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